Women Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro for Gospel Cause

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For women who have been waiting to do
something exciting for the kingdom, Cathey Anderson knows just how you
feel. And she’s reserving a spot just for you.

Last September, Anderson, with Operation Mobilization,
caught a vision to bring together ordinary women from all over the
world to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. The
women’s goal would be to bring awareness and funding to combat
oppression, exploitation and global trafficking.

Anderson, who works with OM USA Donor Relations, says the climb is
expected to take place in January 2012. “We have just begun the process
of inviting women with influence and passion for the purpose to join
us,” says Anderson, who hopes to have up to 35 women join the climb.

Specific OM projects supported by the climb will help break the cycles
that create poverty, slavery and oppression by bringing the hope of

OM Africa’s Suria Scholtz, who expects to be one of the climbers, says:
“It is for me personally a very special journey. It is my prayer that
women will be able to identify with their oppressed sisters in various
parts of the world and that God will create compassion in their hearts
to become involved in their climb to freedom.”

Climbing the nearly 20,000-foot Kilimanjaro, however, may not be
everyone’s cup of tea. Anderson has found a way to allow women not quite
ready to take such a steep plunge to still be involved.

“We are encouraging more to hold what we call a ‘Freedom Climb’ event,
and asking each woman who climbs to have a group of women at home doing
their own Freedom Climb event. This could be a run, walk, hike, tea or
whatever works for them,” explains Anderson. This could also help raise
awareness and funds to fight oppression with Truth.

OM is putting together a 30-day prayer booklet to highlight the
different aspects of the modern-day slave trade. In the meantime, pray
that many women’s hearts would be moved to participate in the climb,
either through prayer, giving financially or climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

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